Valencia Richardson

Equal Justice Works Fellow

Valencia Richardson is an Equal Justice Works fellow. Her work focuses on addressing local-level election compliance under the Voting Rights Act in the Deep South.

Portrait of Valencia Richardson

Valencia received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. During law school, Valencia served as Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives, and the President of Georgetown Law Students for Democratic Reform. Valencia also worked as a student attorney in the Georgetown Law Civil Rights Clinic, and interned for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and the Campaign Legal Center. She is the author of a nonfiction book, “Young and Disaffected” and published two student notes: “Voting While Poor: Reviving the Twenty-Fourth Amendment and Eliminating the Modern-Day Poll Tax” in the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, and “Data Driven Discrimination: A Case for Equal Protection in the Racially Disparate Impact of Big Data" in the Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives. 

Before law school, Valencia was a Fulbright grantee to Mexico and a student voting rights organizer for the Andrew Goodman Foundation, for which she served as a board member. Valencia graduated magna cum laude in Mass Communications from Louisiana State University with a minor in Spanish and is a proud native of Shreveport, Louisiana.